The Sofia Hotel

One- or Two-Night Stay with Appetizer at The Sofia Hotel in San Diego, CA

Give as a Gift

Historical Hotel with Chic Dining and 24-Hour Yoga Studio

The Sofia Hotel in downtown San Diego is the only property in the city listed on the Historic Hotels of America. Though it opened under its current name only five years ago, the property dates back to 1927, when it debuted as the Pickwick Hotel. Originally comprised of two towers, the hotel was a huge success almost overnight—it was the first in the city with en suite bathrooms, and the critics loved its neo-Gothic architecture.

In 2006, almost 80 years after its construction, the Pickwick reopened as The Sofia Hotel. A $16 million renovation managed to preserve many of the building's original architectural elements, including the crenellated roofline and terra cotta embellishments. A stylish restaurant and lounge, along with other amenities, were added during the overhaul.

Located on the first floor, Currant American Brasserie is billed as a "modernized version of a classic French bistro.” The dining room's traditional black-and-white color palette is jazzed up with edgy leather chairs and crystal chandeliers. On the dinner menu, you'll find contemporary takes on classic French dishes such as steamed mussels in a spicy curry sauce, and herb roasted pork loin topped with a fried egg. During nightly happy hours, crowds gather at the bar for $5 martinis or full-price absinthe cocktails infused with real wormwood liquor.

There are plenty of ways to relax at the hotel, ranging from meditation sessions in the 24-hour yoga studio to aromatherapy massages at the spa. Traditional guest rooms and suites reinforce the peaceful vibe with ambient bedside lighting and natural wood furnishings.

San Diego, California: Historical Attractions and Electric Nightlife in Southern California

San Diego's sunny, comfortably warm weather and 70 miles of coastline have long attracted vacationing out-of-towners, but the city's inland scene is no slouch, either. The Gaslamp Quarter is arguably one of the trendiest listings on the National Register of Historic Places. The area forms both the historic center of town and a hub of San Diego nightlife, with nearly 100 Victorian-era buildings now occupied by high-end boutiques, jewelers, and gourmet restaurants.

During the day, a stroll through iconic Balboa Park takes you past 17 separate museums, as well as the world-famous and much beloved San Diego Zoo. There's also the vibrant Spanish Village Art Center, a living gallery where local artists continuously produce pottery, handblown glass, and oil paintings for sale.

Farther north, in Old Town—site of the first European settlement in California—shops in Mission-style stucco buildings sell colorful wrestling masks, woven baskets, and maracas. Nearby stands The Whaley House Museum, dubbed one of the Most Terrifying Places in America by the Travel Channel. Ghosts of former residents are said to inhabit the rooms, which are filled with Victorian furniture, eerie dolls, and squeegees for ectoplasm cleanup.

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.

What You Get

One-night stay for two with one appetizer

  • Option 1: $125 for a deluxe queen room (up to a $212 value)
  • Option 2: $150 for a deluxe queen studio suite (up to a $312 value)

Policies and Fees

Book by: 7/19/13
Travel window: 6/1/13–12/30/13

  • Black out dates: Not valid: 6/1, 6/15, 6/21-6/22, 7/6-7/11, 7/16-7/21, 8/2-8/3, 8/24-8/26, 10/14-10/15, 10/17-10/19, 10/25-10/29, 11/8-11/12, and 12/31.
  • Cancellation policy & fees: must cancel by 4 p.m. one day prior to scheduled arrival or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies.
  • Taxes: 15.75% tax not included
  • Additional fees: $7.95 daily resort fee not included

Read the Fine Print for important info on travel dates and other restrictions.


  • Stylish restaurant and lounge
  • 24-hour yoga studio
  • Dedicated spa treatment room
  • All pets are welcome

The Fine Print

  • Must book by 7/19/13 or promotional value expires
  • Valid for travel 6/1/13-12/30/13
  • Limit 2 per person
  • Limit 2 per visit
  • Not valid: 6/1, 6/15, 6/21-6/22, 7/6-7/11, 7/16-7/21, 8/2-8/3, 8/24-8/26, 10/14-10/15, 10/17-10/19, 10/25-10/29, 11/8-11/12, and 12/31
  • Valid only for option purchased
  • Reservation required; subject to availability
  • Must cancel by 4pm one day prior to scheduled arrival or fee of applicable one-night's stay up to Groupon price applies
  • Must be 21 or older to check in
  • Credit card required at booking and check-in
  • 15.75% tax and $7.95 daily resort fee not included.

Other Details

Room Details

In All Included Rooms

  • Mini fridge
  • Flat-screen TV
  • Microwaves
  • Triple-sheeted beds with fine linens
  • Makeup mirrors
  • Laptop-sized safes

Deluxe Queen Room

  • One queen bed
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 2
  • Adding occupants above standard: not allowed

Deluxe Queen Studio Suite

  • One queen bed and one queen sleeper sofa
  • Standard occupancy: 2
  • Maximum occupancy: 4
  • Adding occupants above standard: $25 per night for each additional guest 12 or older; kids 11 or younger stay free

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: 4 p.m.
  • Check out: 11 a.m.
  • Resort fee includes: WiFi, 24-hour fitness center and yoga studio, 24-hour business center, local and toll-free calls, two Sofia in-room bottled waters, HBO and ESPN, and guided walking tours on Saturday and Sunday
  • Parking: valet parking is available for an additional $30 per day.
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking inside the property
  • Pet policy: pets may stay for an additional $25 per night.
  • Accessibility: please contact property for handicap-accessibility requests or options.
  • Room upgrades: may upgrade to city-view room for an additional $10 per night (subject to availability)

Getting There

  • By plane: 4 miles from San Diego International Airport (SAN)
  • By transit: San Diego Metro Transit System (MTS) bus #923 toward downtown, Front St. & Broadway stop
  • By cab: about $15 from SAN

Customer Reviews

(159 ratings)

100% Verified Reviews
All reviews are from people who have redeemed deals with this merchant.


Danielle W. ·
August 7, 2013


Heather H. ·
August 6, 2013
The character of the hotel and location are great. Service is wonderful and the food at Currant is delicious!


5 ratings   13 reviews  
July 29, 2013
I love the ambience and and the personal feel
By purchasing this deal you'll unlock points which can be spent on discounts and rewards. Every 5,000 points can be redeemed for $5 Off your next purchase.

Search Getaways